City work crews arrived today to begin cleaning up dirt and debris from a landslide that has partially blocked a Sunset Boulevard sidewalk for most of the year on the border of Echo Park and Silver Lake. Last February’s rains caused a chunk of the steep hillside on the north side of Sunset Boulevard near Coronado Street to tumble to the sidewalk below. Many residents had been perplexed as to why the city could not have just cleaned up the sidewalk as engineers conducted field studies and then held several meetings to come up with a solution.
Last week’s record rainfall sent more mud, boulders (pictured) and large clumps of cactus and other debris falling onto the sidewalk between Coronado and Waterloo streets. The sidewalk has been closed to the public but many pedestrians have continued to walk underneath the crumbling hillside. In addition to cleaning up the sidewalk, crews will also clear away lose rocks from cracks in the hillside as part of the $37,000 project.
* Update: The clean up should be completed within the next two days unless there is heavy rain, said Cynthia Ruiz, President of the Board of Public Works. Ruiz said the department will work on a more comprehensive plan to stabilize the hills that form a wall on both sides of Sunset Boulevard. But, for now, Ruiz said, “our priority is public safety and opening the sidewalk.”